Remember when I said that American’s bankruptcy would mean lots of additional generosity for frequent flyers, in order to encourage them to fly the airline?
Here’s the first volley, registration required, American is offering double elite qualifying miles (to qualify for 2012 status) through December 31 and also (to get an early start on 2013 status) through January 31.
Put a different way, the promotion starts today. It applies to tickets previously purchased as well as to new purchases. And it runs straight through to the end of January. Of course all flying by the end of December counts towards next year’s status, and all flying in January counts towards status the following year.
I’m participating in the elite status challenge for the Oneworld MegaDO already, which means I have to fly 20,000 American Airlines miles by January 13. Now I jsut need to push as much of that as possible into January and along with the status miles for the charter (which I’m guessing will not count, but remains to be seen as it’s not a published fare) I can be well on my way to requalifying for the status that I’ll be earning via challenge. Thanks, AA!!
Now, I have to think that United will match. They’ve historically been driven by the sorts of decisions that American makes in this arena. It could be a different world now, but the two airlines share hubs in Chicago, they both have substantial presences in Los Angeles, and now that United and Continental are one their overlap is truly significant in the New York market as well. United really can’t walk away from the incremental elite business that American will be trying to stimulate.
On the other hand it’s hard to imagine Delta matching, given that they offer ‘rollover’ miles already. Or if they do, they’ll match only on nearly full fare tickets to limit the effect of the promotion.
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